The Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) opened its doors to the public on 3 October 2010, as part of the Open Bedrijvendag initiative in Flanders (http://www.openbedrijvendag.be/).
The 2010 openday attracted a record number of visitors: 702 visitors with 31 different nationalities (75% Belgians). Around 23% of visitors were under the age of 18 , whilst 17% of visitors were 65 or over.
Watch the video of the open day on the JRC's You Tube channel.
Photos from the open day...
Visitors moved from activity to activity using special trams provided, enjoying the glorious weather.
Colourful chemistry cocktails
A journey through the world of electricity
Extracting DNA from a kiwi
Practising with the IRMM fire brigade
Tricks of the laboratory: separating compounds
Stimulating drinks (testing for caffeine content)
Explaining IRMM's food safety and quality activities
Learning about radioactivity
Physics fun with balloons
Guided tour of IRMM linear accelerator
Smartboard activities and funny faces
Exploring the nanoscale
Fabricating thin films
Time for some belgische frietjes!
Open-day programme / Open bedrijvendag programma